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For the verb: "to lead"
|Simple Past: ||led|
|Past Participle: ||led|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
lead1 /lid/USA pronunciation
v., led/lɛd/USA pronunciation lead•ing,n., adj.
- to go before or with to show the way;
conduct or escort;
guide: [~ + object]The captain led his troops over the hill.[no object]If you lead, I will follow.
- [~ + object] to conduct by guiding:to lead a horse by a rope.
- [~ + object] to influence (the thoughts); cause:What led her to change her mind?
- [~ + to + object] to result in;
tend toward:The incident led to her resignation.
- [~ + object] to guide in direction, course, action, opinion, etc.; bring:You can lead him around to your point of view.
- [~ + object] to go through or pass (time, life, etc.):to lead a full and happy life.
- [~ + object] to conduct in a particular course:The pipes led the water directly to the sewer.
- (of a road, passage, etc.) to serve to bring (a person) to a place: [~ + object]The next street will lead you to the post office.[~ + to + object]That path leads directly to the house.
- [~ + object] to take or bring:The visitors were led into the senator's office.
- [~ + object] to be in command of; direct:He led the British forces during the war.
- [~ + object] to go at the head of or in advance of:The mayor will lead the parade.
- to have first place in: [~ + object]Iowa leads the nation in corn production.[no object]His party was leading in the polls.
- [~ + object] to direct or have the principal part in:Who is going to lead the discussion?
- [~ + object] to act as leader of (an orchestra, band, etc.); conduct.
- to begin a hand in a card game (with a card or suit specified): [~ + object]I'll lead diamonds.[no object]The player to the dealer's left is supposed to lead.
- lead off:
- to begin; start: [~ + off + object]Let's lead off the meeting with a prayer.[no object]The meeting led off with a prayer.
- [Baseball.]to be the first player in (the batting order) or the first batter in (an inning): [~ + off + object]He led off the game with a home run.[no object]He led off, and promptly singled.
- lead on, to mislead: [~ + object + on]led him on into thinking he had the job.[~ + on + object]He'd led on dozens of customers.
adj. [before a noun]
- the first or foremost place:to take the lead in the race.
- the extent of such an advance position:a lead of several yards.
- a person or thing that leads.
- a leash:The dog was on a short lead.
- a piece of useful information:The reporter got a lead on the story from a bystander.
- example; leadership:He took the lead in the charity drive.
- the principal part in a play.
- the act or right of playing first in a card game.
- the card, suit, etc., so played.
- the opening paragraph of a newspaper story, serving as a summary.
- an insulated single wire used as a conductor in electrical connections.
- most important;
first:a lead editorial.
lead2 /lɛd/USA pronunciation
- lead up to, [~ + object]
- to prepare the way for:A number of events led up to the stock market crash.
- to approach gradually:He was slowly leading up to a request for a raise.
v. [~ + object]
- a heavy, soft, bluish-gray metal that can be shaped easily.
shot:shot the victim full of lead.
- graphite, esp. a thin stick of graphite used in a pencil.
- to cover, line, weight, or treat with lead or one of its compounds.
- get the lead out, [no object][Slang.]to move or work faster;
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lead /liːd/ vb (leads, leading, led /lɛd/)
- to show the way to (an individual or a group) by going with or ahead: lead the party into the garden
- to guide or be guided by holding, pulling, etc: he led the horse by its reins
- (transitive) to cause to act, feel, think, or behave in a certain way; induce; influence: he led me to believe that he would go
- when intr, followed by to: (of a road, route, etc) to serve as the means of reaching a place
- (transitive) to go ahead so as to indicate (esp in the phrase lead the way)
- to guide, control, or direct: to lead an army
- (transitive) to direct the course of or conduct (water, a rope or wire, etc) along or as if along a channel
- to initiate the action of (something); have the principal part in (something): to lead a discussion
- to go at the head of or have the top position in (something): he leads his class in geography
- (intransitive) followed by with: to have as the first or principal item: the newspaper led with the royal birth
- Brit to play first violin in (an orchestra)
- to direct and guide (one's partner) in a dance
- (transitive) to pass or spend: I lead a miserable life
- to cause to pass a life of a particular kind: to lead a person a dog's life
- (intransitive) followed by to: to tend (to) or result (in): this will only lead to misery
- to initiate a round of cards by putting down (the first card) or to have the right to do this: she led a diamond
- (intransitive) to make an offensive blow, esp as one's habitual attacking punch
See also lead off
- the first, foremost, or most prominent place
- (as modifier): lead singer
- example, precedence, or leadership: the class followed the teacher's lead
- an advance or advantage held over others: the runner had a lead of twenty yards
- anything that guides or directs; indication; clue
- another name for leash
- the act or prerogative of playing the first card in a round of cards or the card so played
- the principal role in a play, film, etc, or the person playing such a role
- the principal news story in a newspaper: the scandal was the lead in the papers
- (as modifier): lead story
- an important entry assigned to one part usually at the beginning of a movement or section
- a wire, cable, or other conductor for making an electrical connection
- one's habitual attacking punch
- a blow made with this
- a deposit of metal or ore; lode
, lead onEtymology: Old English lǣdan; related to līthan to travel, Old High German līdan to go
lead /lɛd/ n
- a heavy toxic bluish-white metallic element that is highly malleable: occurs principally as galena and used in alloys, accumulators, cable sheaths, paints, and as a radiation shield. Symbol: Pb; atomic no: 82; atomic wt: 207.2; valency: 2 or 4; relative density: 11.35; melting pt: 327.502°C; boiling pt: 1750°C
- a lead weight suspended on a line used to take soundings of the depth of water
- lead weights or shot, as used in cartridges, fishing lines, etc
- a thin grooved strip of lead for holding small panes of glass or pieces of stained glass
- (plural) thin sheets or strips of lead used as a roof covering
- a flat or low-pitched roof covered with such sheets
- a thin strip of type metal used for spacing between lines of hot-metal type
- graphite or a mixture containing graphite, clay, etc, used for drawing
- a thin stick of this material, esp the core of a pencil
- (modifier) of, consisting of, relating to, or containing lead
Etymology: Old English; related to Dutch lood, German Lot
- to fill or treat with lead
- to surround, cover, or secure with lead or leads
- to space (type) by use of leads
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